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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

50 IS NOT OLD | ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDSI remember growing up hearing my mother tell me that my actions would speak louder than my words. I really didn’t grasp what she was talking about then but now I understand. She was telling me that I couldn’t tell you I was one thing while my actions said I was something else.

What do your actions say about you? I try to be a good person, do my actions say that I am? Am I respectful? Am I thoughtful? Do I care about others? What do I actually do that relays that message of being a good person?

I tried to be a good mother. Did I discipline my children for not behaving? Did I teach them right from wrong? Did I take them to Church? Did I feed them, clothe them, provide for them? What did my actions show?

I try to be a good wife. Do I show attention to my husband? Do I keep the house clean? Do I nag him to get something done? Do I give him space to live his own life?

I am a Christian. Do my actions tell you that I am? Do I let the light of Jesus shine in me? Do I walk by faith? Am I judgemental of others? Do I forgive those who have wronged me? Do I pray for the sick and the lonely? Would you know I was a Christian if you followed me around?

I was watching a training call the other day and the gentleman was talking about faith and hope. He talked about a tightrope walker by the name of Charles Blondin. I was so impressed by the analogy that I wanted to share it with you.

Charles Blondin was a tightrope walker in the 1800’s. He is probably one of the most famous tightrope walkers that ever lived. He really came to fame in 1860 when he became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls (over a quarter of a mile) and 160 feet above the falls. He not only walked across the falls but he did it several times, once in a sack, blindfolded, in the dark, and even on a bicycle. He then walked to the middle of the rope, sat down with a stove that he carried with him, cooked himself an omelet and ate it. Can you imagine how the crowd felt? They went wild!! There was nothing this man couldn’t do. He went back and got a wheelbarrow and asked if they thought he could walk across the rope while pushing the wheelbarrow. The crowd erupted with applause. Of course, he could, that should be easy for him after all they had just seen him do. But what he said next quietened the crowd. He asked for a volunteer to get “in” the wheelbarrow. WHAT!!! They “believed” he could but their actions told of the doubt they had.

So do you believe in Christ? Do you believe that He is the Son of God? Would you get in His wheelbarrow if your life was on the line? What would your actions say?

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STRIPES AND LACE

50 IS NOT OLD | STRIPES AND LACEThis was a crazy week for me. I was out of town for a couple of days and I have been trying to play catch up at work. My son has been making videos for our lumber store and it has been hilarious watching them. He is really funny and can come up with some of the craziest things to say. I am not sure it will sell more product but it will at least be entertaining for everyone. If you need a good laugh you can look up Vansant Lumber on Facebook. Warning: You may spew coffee on your computer and we are not responsible for that. Lol!

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EMBROIDERED PANT SET

50 IS NOT OLD | EMBROIDERED PANT SETMore bang for your buck, that is always in the back of my mind when I am shopping. I will evaluate my options when making a purchase like how long will the item last or how many times will I use the item. In clothing, I also look for how versatile the item is. I really like a purchase when I feel ALL the boxes have been checked off.

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LOOK FOR AN INTERESTING PRINT

50 IS NOT OLD | LOOK FOR AN INTERESTING PRINTOh my goodness, it is good to be back home. There is just something to be said for sleeping in your own bed at night. When I walked through the door after traveling through 7 states and taking 14 hours I was a little on the tired side. However, I got quite the welcome home. Beckley who hasn’t been feeling well was jumping and cavorting all over the place. Lucy Lu was doing her normal little happy dance. Her little paws just prance when she is happy. Lol!

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A COLD SHOULDER DRESS

50 IS NOT OLD | A COLD SHOULDER DRESSI am seeing blue skies smiling on me, nothing but blue skies do I see. I know you were expecting to see my hair tutorial video today but I couldn’t get it to upload while I was traveling yesterday so instead, you are getting a normal post and the hair video will happen later on. In case you missed it, I have been in Florida and I just got back late last night. It was beautiful in Florida but I didn’t get to go to the beach except for the night I was there for a party.

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MAKEUP ROUTINE FOR OVER 40

Yesterday I showed you my morning routine of my skincare. Today I am going to be doing the next step of my morning routine. I am applying my makeup and will be telling you about the application and the products. I used to watch YouTube videos of makeup applications but they were all very young ladies in their 20’s or 30’s. These ladies were beautiful but my skin was not like theirs. I took some of their suggestions and added my own that made sense for my skin at my age. 

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MY MORNING ROUTINE

50 IS NOT OLD | MY MORNING ROUTINEYou guys should have warned me about the pollen. I am dying here! My head hurt all day yesterday and my eyes are bloodshot. I may not get any pictures taken while I am here. Because I am uploading a video I won’t be adding fashion pictures but I wanted you to at least see a picture so you would know you were at the right pace.Lol!

I can’t believe I am going to do this again. I promise you that appearing on the internet for EVERYONE and their brother to see with NO makeup on is not as glamorous as it appears. Lol! When I started blogging in September of 2015 I never dreamed I would put a video on my blog with me looking like this. I never thought I would even have anyone following or reading my blog so the thoughts of the no makeup video probably wouldn’t have been as intimidating. To show me some love and support by posting your own makeup-free picture of yourself on Facebook. Lol! I’ll be watching for those pictures, be sure to tag me.

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EMPTY OR FULL

I loved the sermon that my Preacher did last Sunday. It was one of those sermons that make you think. I wanted to grab a pen and paper and start jotting down notes so that I could be sure to tell all of you about it. I was sure that I would be able to remember the sermon and of course, I can’t. I will try to stumble my way and I hope you at least understand the concept.

Last Sunday was Easter and the tomb was found to be empty. Most of the time when you think about things being empty it is not associated with something good. The half empty glass is used to describe someone who is a pessimist. This person is a Negative Nellie and looks for the worst possible outcome. This is all just a person’s perspective and nothing based on reality.

What about empty promises? I think we have all seen commercials that promise you the moon for the low, low, price of 9.99. PLUS, if you call now you will get double the empty promises. Worthless, meaningless, and empty. These promises are not based on fact. They take advantage of people’s dreams and hopes and desires. They take advantage of those who are searching for something better.

I’ll love you forever. I will never let you down. If you eat of this fruit you will become as God. What kind of promises has satan told us? He will be that little voice in your head telling you that you are not good enough. He will tell you that you are not loved. He will tell you that the Lord will forsake you.

In Luke 24: 46 it tells that, “The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.” That was a promise! When the women arrived at the grave they found the stone to have been rolled away from the grave. Why were they even going to the grave? They had spices to anoint Jesus’s body but how did they think they were going to be able to do that? How did they think they could get passed the stone blocking the entrance? They had heard the promises that Jesus would arise on the third day and they BELIEVED! They knew that it was not an empty promise.

Can you imagine how they felt to find an empty tomb? They might have been worried and thinking that someone had stolen the body or maybe they were happy and thinking that He had risen.

This is the one time that I am thankful for the emptiness. Because the tomb was found to be empty my soul can be full. My dreams, hopes, and desires are not founded on empty promises but on the Lord’s word. Jesus’s fulfillment of God’s plan from the cross to the grave to finally to His ascension gave me a chance to spend eternity in Heaven.

The next time you see a half empty glass just smile and thank the Lord for the emptiness.

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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TRAVELING CLOTHING

50 IS NOT OLD | TRAVELING CLOTHINGWell, I’ve made it to Anderson South Carolina. As you read this I am probably still on my way down to Florida. Leigh Ann and I traveled to meet up with Jennifer and we are spending the night before heading on. This town is so cute!!! We went out to eat at Mellow Mushroom and then drove through the town. The streets were lined with beautiful street lamps and all the stores were decorated and fixed so nice. I wish I had been able to take a picture and show everyone but they frown of you doing that while you are driving. Lol!

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TUNIC AND ANKLE PANTS

50 IS NOT OLD | TUNIC AND ANKLE PANTSI am off! I am not going to see the “Wizard” but it is pretty darn close. Lol! In the world of R + F, the gentleman doing the training down in Florida is one of the founding 4 consultants and that is about as close as you are going to get to being a “wizard.” I can’t wait to hear him speak in person since I have listened to some of his videos on YouTube. The weather looks like it is going to be nice for the drive down. I hate having to drive and it raining on you the entire journey.

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